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Oral history interview with Marion Chervin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.345.7 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0007

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Marion Chevrin, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920, describes his father dying when he was 12; graduating from an industrial school two months before the outbreak of the war; his parents' financial situation worsening in 1929; experiencing antisemitism; the German invasion; wanting to enlist but not being accepted; leaving his mother to travel to the Russian zone of Poland; his mother's death; staying in Warsaw on the German side; being a welfare officer; getting married in 1941 and living in the ghetto; wife being a volunteer while he worked at the Jewish Center; conditions in the ghetto, including the scarcity of food and the prevalence of typhoid; the division of the ghetto into two sections; children smuggling food into the ghetto; the forced deportations in July 1942; cultural activities in the ghetto; being helped by a Polish policeman who was working with the underground; hiding during deportations; being deported to Majdanek in April 1943; his aunt committing suicide; being taken to Budzyn; one of the cruel guards, who killed many people; working on a railroad; Jewish commandants; going to a school where they taught him to build parts for airplanes; walking daily to a labor factory; their meager rations; being transferred to another camp; receiving a letter from the Polish policeman he knew in Warsaw; how he attributes his survival to luck; being sent to the concentration camp in Flossenburg, Germany; daily life in the camp; being liberated by American troops; not wanting to speak about his experience for many years; and the importance of sharing Holocaust experiences.

Interviewee
Marion Chervin
Date
1983 October 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles
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